Viola Davis is a stunning Academy Award nominated actress. She is fashionable and always looks her best when she is out and about. Recently she did an interview with Vulture and revealed that underneath her put-together exterior she has actually been self-conscious and afraid of her appearance. Davis has been suffering from alopecia areata which is a condition that causes baldness in patches on the scalp and can lead to total baldness. She was so concerned about how people would see her that she wore wigs everywhere to make sure that her condition remained unseen.
At the age of just 28 Davis found that she was losing her hair. Almost half of her head was bald. She had no idea what was happening to her. After doing some research and seeing a doctor she found out that it was a stress related condition. She was internalizing all of her stress and it was causing her to lose all of her hair. She became very self-conscious and started wearing wigs. She had a wig for going out to events, another for around the house, another for doing things like going into a hot tub, and various other wigs for other reasons. She didn’t want anyone to know what she was going through or to see what she looked like.
As time went on the wigs became a crutch more than anything. She knew that she had to get away from the crutch but she was so afraid of what people would think if she revealed her condition. Finally in 2012 at the Oscars she decided to let everyone know what had been going on and had only her natural hair on her head. No wigs, no facades, nothing to cover up her condition. She still wears the wigs for things like photo shoots and on set of the various film and television projects that she has. She does not wear them every day anymore and she does not let the fear of what people may think about her control her life anymore. Davis states that she feels relieved that wearing a wig is now and option not something that she absolutely had to do.